Domestic Air Traffic Increases 4% Despite Slowdown - The New Indian Express

Domestic Air Traffic Increases 4% Despite Slowdown

Published: 08th February 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 08th February 2014 01:34 AM

Indian domestic air traffic grew 4 per cent in 2013 reiterating the potential for growth in one of the largest markets in the world for  civil aviation.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), domestic air traffic witnessed a de-growth of 2.1 per cent in 2012. Indian air carriers saw a total of 60,115,100 passengers in all scheduled domestic carriers here compared to 57,785,210 passengers in all operators in 2013, according to aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

“In India, the demand backdrop has been difficult with the economy weakening over the past two years, showing high inflation and slowing manufacturing and mining industries,” a study depicting the trend in global airlines by IATA said.

India was close to the 5.2 per cent increase seen globally in passenger demand compared to 2012, it was reported.  “We saw healthy demand growth in 2013 despite the very difficult economic environment. There was a clear improvement trend over the course of the year which bodes well for 2014,” Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO reportedly said.

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